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Wednesday
Jul052017

Team Spiritzero Interview with Echo Fox's JDCR & Saint

Last month, Team Spiritzero got the chance to sit down with Echo Fox's Tekken players JDCR and Saint for a really long interview detailling many topics. Since it was Korean interview though, most people may have missed out on tuning in and listening to what JDCR and Saint had to say but thanks to Genericremix on reddit, he tooks the time to translate and transcribe the entire interview into an online document you can read. This is really extensive work with the interview time going over 3 hours so major thanks goes out to that guy for the great job. Added below here is a small snippet about JDCR's Tekken character choices and the twitch archive but feel free to read the entire interview over here:

JDCR/Saint Interview Document ≫ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_IdGVs8v2mt9Tg4eEhyqPoaqR81EUo409uxXUJV5yQk/edit?usp=sharing

Genericremix's r/kappa thread ≫ https://www.reddit.com/r/Kappa/comments/6lb3tn/6212017_team_spiritzero_interview_with_echo_fox/

 

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JDCR: “Armor King’s concept is a power-based wrestler, right? So…”

 

Saulabis: “Wait, YOU can’t talk about Armor King’s concept/design.”

 

JDCR: “I mean, why would I just follow along with what the game designed?” Everyone explodes in laughter “I mean, then they shouldn’t have made the character like that. Take away his low kicks or something - I’m using it because it’s there.”

 

Saulabis: “(laughs) This is a gamer’s perspective.”

 

Saint: “So [JDCR] only used the dirtiest moves that the character had. King’s d/f+2, his quick low kicks [to chip away], unseeable throws.”

 

JDCR: “Because they’re there! Because they’re good, I used them.”

 

Saint: “And since the movement was also good…”

 

Saulabis: “This is a fighting gamer’s viewpoint.”

 

Saint: “And the 2% that was lacking in his Armor King, he made up for with his Heihachi.”

 

JDCR: “Armor King was good- or rather, Armor King fit me really well. He had the basic Mishima/karate moves down, and his fundamentals were good too.”

 

General talk about JDCR’s prowess, esp during the BR days

 

JDCR: “Truth be told, I picked up Armor King without much thought. Just, really, I was played ranked every day and I was bored so I dug into Armor King a bit. And, before I played, the number of people playing the character was very small.”

 

Saint: “But there were a couple of people that were really obsessed with him.”

 

Saulabis: “Then you found a hidden gem…”

 

JDCR: “But then I tried him out, and he had good basics, karate stuff, wavedashing, movement, all of it.”

 

MurderK: “What character do you play the most, recently?”

 

JDCR: “Recently, I’d say Dragunov. But I played him with a different meaning in mind. Initially, I started to play him for fun. Originally, in Tag 2, Nobi’s Dragunov was so cool.”

 

Saulabis: “With this? This?” Mimics Dragunov WR2 (Russian Assault)

 

JDCR: “He would just do like two moves but make it look so fun. He would have so much fun playing the character. So I copied what he did at the arcades. And as I did that, I played a lot of Dragunov in casual games too. And...the character is cool, right? Like, being a killing machine and all that. So I started to pull him out in tournaments and got some wins, but....I’m not too fond of it.” Everyone starts laughing

 

Saulabis: “Since it’s not your style?”

 

JDCR: “I mean, the character is cool. The character is cool. And I have this selfish desire to want to be good with the character. But as you said before, compared with Armor King, there’s not much [neutral pokes and stuff].”

 

Saint: “When I saw this guy for the first time, at Green Arcade, there - [JDCR’s] skin was super-white at that time - there was a skinny kid with pasty skin playing Dragunov with red dan and I was like, ‘Whoah, there’s a vampire-like kid that can play Dragunov like that.’ Dragunov actually looked pretty pale then too. But even back then, he was good with the character. So he was a top-class Dragunov [back then], and I’m wondering if that wasn’t his background for starting up the character again.”

 

JDCR: “You like [providing] backgrounds, huh. (laughs)”

 

Saint: “Well, there’s a history, so what can I say? (laughs)”

 

Saulabis: “So...aside from Dragunov and Armor King…”

 

JDCR: “That is, I also play Heihachi, right?”

 

MurderK: “But Heihachi is like one of your major symbols.”

 

JDCR: “Heihachi is like a symbol, but in competitions...so I played him initially in T6 BR. But as I said before, I didn’t play T6 very much. I didn’t have a player card at all. But one day I went to the arcades and a friend who came along borrowed my card and he was a 5th dan or so Heihachi. I tried Heihachi myself and I managed to go up like 10-15 ranks in that day alone. So I have this one player card, and that was the one I played Heihachi on, and…”

 

MurderK: “So it was more or less a coincidence.”

 

JDCR: “But I was good with Mishimas anyways, so…”

 

- When asked why he picked Heihachi mainly and not Jin or Kazuya, he replied that even though Heihachi’s not that good compared to the other Mishimas, when he does very casual games or practices with Saint, he does the best with Heihachi.

 

Saint: “JDCR plays a classic style but does it so well that even when others know what’s coming, when he does it you can’t help but get hit. His reactions are good, his hands are fast, he also has a good sense.”

Read Interview in full ≫ https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_IdGVs8v2mt9Tg4eEhyqPoaqR81EUo409uxXUJV5yQk/edit?usp=sharing

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